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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
2008 (The Perfect Storm): Stormwatchers Winterfest 2007 aged in Evan Willliams bourbon barrels.
2009 (The Perfect Storm): Stormwatchers Winterfest 2007 aged in Evan Willliams bourbon barrels.
2010 (Mother of All Storms) - Stormwatchers Winterfest 2009 aged in Evans Williams bourbon barrels.
2011 (Mother of All Storms) - Stormwatchers Winterfest 2010 aged in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels.

There are many storms out there, all of them perfect in their own way. But there is only one Mother of all Storms and it only happens in Pacific City, Oregon. Based on Stormwatcher’s Winterfest, our English-style barleywine, Mother of all Storms spent many months aging in Kentucky bourbon barrels. Now at its peak, Mother of all Storms delivers deep flavors of toasted malt, bourbon and oak. The finish rewards with whispers of vanilla, toffee and caramel. Best enjoyed with gusts exceeding 60 mph.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 22 oz bottle. My rating #2200, Mother of All Storms, 2010. Dark but clear burgundy brown with a trace a of beige foam. Nose is raisin, chocolate, caramel, whiskey and spicy orange. Sticky and syrupy with a soft tang. Taste is prune, plum toffee and lots of bourbon. Finishes earthy with cocoa powder.
Earlier Rating: 1/4/2010 Total Score: 4.1
22 oz bottle, 2008. Dark brown with a thin haze. Nose is caramel, wood, raisin and maple with overall bourbon. Tangy, tingly medium body with an alcohol kick. Taste is molasses, orange peel and dark chocolate with hints of port. Earthy finish with lingering chocolate and grass. The bourbon is always present but exceptionally integrated throughout. Interesting dark take on a barleywine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
callmemickey (4253) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 2009 Vintage (aged in 1998 Evan Williams barrels). A: Deep rudy-brown body. Bordeaux like on the edges when held to the light. Lively carbonation forms a fizzy, coca-cola like khaki head. Rises to about an inch before crashing rapidly. No lacing to speak of. S: Rich bourbon, soft oak, warm caramel, sweet vanilla, roasted brown sugar, molasses and hints of raisin. There are lots of elements coming together here in harmony. Sweet, yet not cloying or desert like. T: The sweet caramel, brown sugar and molasses dominates. Accentuated by substantial, yet not overwhelming, bourbon. The barrels imparts a nice delicate oak/vanilla character. You can tell that this beer is the product of both an excellent base beer and nice bourbon barrels with a good amount of age on them. M: There is lively carbonation throughout the entire bomber. Imparting a hefty, yet not massive mouthfeel. Creamy. Perhaps a bit oily. Nice lingering bourbon "burn" in the finish. O: Immensely drinkable. Looking forward to trying this each year.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 22, 2011
[750ml bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Deep, dark reddish brown. Thin head/lacing. Sweet bourbon. Barrel-aged bourbon barley wines I always tend to find a bit too much. Very hefty – whisky, syrup, sweetness. Not really my style [19082011]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2011
Bottle at Craigs. A dark brown beer with a reddish glow. Big bourbon aroma with liquorice, rolled oats and dark malt. Not subtle at all. Flavours of liquorice, chocolate and dark malts. Mouth-feel is a little oily. Marmite all over this, especially in the linger. OK.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21582) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 19, 2011
bottle at home .... deep black ... thin tan head ... dark roast malt ... soft vanilla nose ... dark malts ... rih malts ... huge plum ... huge vanilla ... over sweet and rich ... difficult ... over heavy .. really i dont get the bourbon barrel barley wines... way to bourbon

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
peteinSD (1461) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Pours an extremely dark brown with a quickly fading tan head that reduces to a ring of foam on the edges of the glass. Steady and lively carbonation. Aroma is thick, decadent bourbon, vanilla, coconut, and a formidable sweet malt, raisin-heavy barley wine profile. Oh wow - this has aged so very well. The rich bourbon, vanilla, coconut dominates the first half of the flavor before the beer opens up into a soft barley wine with raisin, date, caramel, toffee, and a touch of char. As good as the 2010 was this is better for my personal tastes - I only wish I had another 2010 tucked away in my cellar. This beer is worthy of the search.
Earlier Rating: 12/26/2010 Total Score: 4.2
’10 bottle. Dark ruby brown in the glass with a fairly thick and velvety tan head after an aggressive pour. Holy shit this smells great! Vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon, toffee, a slight smoke influence, and some underlying spice. Whoa - this is a big beer in the mouth with semi-hot bourbon right up front, vanilla, soft caramel, thick sweet malt, raisin, date, and lingering booze through the finish. Smooth and chewy feel in the mouth with the alcohol providing a nice tingling contrast after each sip. It’s amazing to me how the aroma is decadent bourbon/vanilla and yet the taste contains a fairly hardcore, big raisin/date barley wine flavor. Very impressive beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wedgie9 (2631) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Tasted on 8/9/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle obtained in a trade, 2009 vintage. Pours an extremely dark, but still clear, brown-amber with a thin tan head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a very thin collar of lace. The nose is driven by malty caramel and maple with the bourbon vanilla and oak acting as more of a backbone, with hints of dark date and fig fruits, and some burnt bitter aroma. The flavor is a bit more roasted and bitter, but very malty with the caramel and maple, moving to bourbon, vanilla, oak, and bitter chocolate. The body is full and oily with average carbonation and a super long caramel malt, bourbon, vanilla, lightly bitter, and alcoholic hot finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 25, 2011
22 oz bottle (2009) from a very generous BA trader. Deep clear brown/red with tiny head that quickly fades to a small ring and some boozy legs. Huge aroma of bourbon, oak, toffee, dark fruit and vanilla. Flavor is in your face bourbon barrel and vanilla with lots of rich sweet dark malts, warming alcohol presence. Medium body with a carbonation that explodes when the beer hits your mouth and a long boozy finish. This is an excellent beer, big English style barley wine with a ton of bourbon barrel character that comes together perfectly. Really glad I got to try this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle at dak’s 1/19/11. auburn colored body with a orange tinted tan head. the aroma and flavor are very warming... vanilla, mellow bourbon, florals, brown sugar starting to burn a bit, citrus, butter and dates. it is creamy, rich and almost full bodied but not cloying. good stuff. 8/4/8/4/17+

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2011 2009 vintage. Thanks Jason! The beer pours to a really dark mahogany body with a whitish head. The aroma is deep on the sweet caramelized malt with some nice toffee and vanilla. Subtle wood. The flavor is fairly woody with vanilla, toffee, caramel, and some burnt brown sugar. Charred wood lingers and maybe makes the alcohol more pronounced. The alcohol is surprisingly mild for 13.5%, but it’s still there. Super sweet and mildly sticky palate. Full bodied. 8, 4, 8, 4, 15 = 3.9
2011 vintage on tap at Pelican. Pours to a pitch black body with a thin head. Aroma is kind of like calvados soaked oak cask with deep dark chocolate. The flavor is intense dark chocolate with cognac and calvados with burnt astringent black malt, marshmallow, and vanilla laden oak. The palate is a bit boozier than expected. Big bodied beer with a full creamy mouthfeel. Lots going on in this. 7, 4, 9, 5, 17 = 4.2

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